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Starship Grifters (A Rex Nihilo Adventure) Paperback – May 6, 2014
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About the Author
Robert Kroese’s sense of irony was honed growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan—home of the Amway Corporation and the Gerald R. Ford Museum, and the first city in the United States to fluoridate its water supply. In second grade, he wrote his first novel, the saga of Captain Bill and his spaceship Thee Eagle. This turned out to be the high point of his academic career. After barely graduating from Calvin College in 1992 with a philosophy degree, he was fired from a variety of jobs before moving to California, where he stumbled into software development. As this job required neither punctuality nor a sense of direction, he excelled at it. In 2009, he called upon his extensive knowledge of useless information and love of explosions to write his first novel, Mercury Falls. Since then, he has written nine more novels and learned to play the guitar very poorly.
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In fact, the only one in Rex's world that seems to have any brains is his robot, Sasha, who is programmed to turn herself off whenever she actually has an original thought. In a world like that, Rex seems to surround himself with the power players of the galaxy who all turn out to be bumbling morons.
I don't often laugh at the books I read, but I found myself chuckling, chortling, at times flat-out guffawing -- at times uncontrollably -- at Kroese's humor placed in the best places in the story.
At the end of the story, we do get answers to questions I wasn't sure we were asking, but it certainly paved the way for more Rex Nihilo books, which I will gladly shell out money for whenever Mr. Kroese decides to write them.
I had to ration this book, a couple chapters a day. With all the data crashing into our heads every day, the temptation is to blaze through everything we read, skimming for highlights. If you do that with this novel, you will be doing yourself a huge disservice. It really deserves to be read slowly and savored, and besides, most of us can't sustain laughter that long without serious injury.
Robert Kroese deftly avoids a trap many sci-fi writers tumble into. He doesn't waste one word trying to show how smart he is with the research he's done into the theoretical science that makes his story possible - because there isn't any. So much of the sci-fi genre reads like science textbooks that the stories become slaves to the technology or worse, simply vanish under an avalanche of techno-jargon. Not so with Kroese. He's got ray guns, space travel, non-human intelligent life forms, and all the other trappings of the genre, but this story could exist in practically any genre and remain largely intact. THAT is the hallmark of quality writing, in my humble opinion.
Because his work is free from the self-imposed weight of validating science. Kroese propels the story along with sharp, witty dialogue that left me howling with laughter. It all isn't one-liner pull-my-finger humor, either; it's long-form humor punctuated non-stop with one-liners that moves as fast as the story does.
This book definitely gets a "buy" recommendation from me, and I'm looking forward to more from this author.
This book is a hilarious romp through a far-future galaxy that exposes some of the ridiculous throughout the Star Wars Saga and in science fiction in genre. That's not to say this is dumb, however, If anything it's quite the opposite. Mr. Kroese is a brilliant writer. Even when he isn't being funny every line of this book crackles with energy. And for every witty reference there is a smart creation of his own such as their form of Rationalizing Interstellar Travel. And as much as I was laughing throughout, I never felt disconnected from the silly universe created in this book.
At the heart of the story is the relationship between sarcastic, self-centered and self-proclaimed legend, Rex Nihilo, and his robot partner Sasha. He's a conman always on the lookout for a pay day and she is a semi-sentient robot unable to tell a lie or develop an have original original thought. Their banter and antics hold the entire story together. Every time she has to get him out of a mess of his own design or pour him a margarita while he watches others do his bidding.
The story here isn't going too win any awards, but it's almost secondary to me. This is a parody of science fiction through and through, and an adventure filled with mishaps and accidental victories. Every member in the supporting cast is great and will keep you laughing, but nobody does it like Rex. Any time he opens his mouth it's gold, obnoxious gold, but gold nonetheless. I highly recommend this novel, especially for those who haven't tried this sub-genre before and are looking for something fresh
So if you're new to Rob Kroese, this is a great start to his comedy writing--to me, certainly better than his Mercury series and right up there with his DIS series. And if you continue through his catalog as I have, you're in for a real treat: what seems like a split-personality with comedy on the one side and thought-provoking, mind bending, substantive stories on the other side. So if you like all of that, get started with this one; you won't be disappointed.
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